11-year-old Darcy Hetherton donates funds to WDHS for new VR technology

Caption: Darcy Hetherton, Des Hetherton, ED and ICU nurse unit manager, Kathy Ross and chief executive, Rohan Fitzgerald


Just before Christmas, we had the pleasure of catching up with young Darcy Hetherton, who made and sold over 1,000 face masks during the COVID-19 outbreak last year.

Darcy and his dad Des visited the HBH Emergency Department, after donating $1,100 of the face mask sales to Hamilton Base Hospital. The donation will purchase a virtual reality (VR) hospital kit to help distract children during painful procedures.

A recent Australian study of young children found that using VR can decrease pain by up to 60% and distress by up to 75%.

A big thank you to Darcy and his local network of sewers and helpers for this wonderful contribution. What an amazing young man – we are incredibly grateful for your efforts Darcy.

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